The Boy Who Loved Boxes by Michael Albanese

In this heartwarming picture book for adults, Albanese explores how the Covid-19 pandemic destroyed many of the boxes in which we compartmentalize our lives, forcing us to find peace in our own brokenness. 

I found it a little distracting that the author capitalizes the common nouns “boy” and “man,” since it doesn’t really enhance the experience for the reader, especially because there are no other characters in the story from whom the boy/man needs to be delineated. 

The highlight of this book for me was the illustrations. The emotions conveyed in the illustrations really resonate with me, and I can relate to how the pandemic up-ended our lives and made us reevaluate our priorities. I love how the artist mixes colors and black and white to draw attention to different elements of the story. 

I give this book five stars and would highly recommend it to anyone who has had to wrestle with their own emotions over the pandemic or the events of the last three years. I received an advance copy of this book for free, and I’m leaving this review voluntarily.

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